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Retired Judge Helen Shores Lee passes away

First African-American woman to serve as judge on Jefferson County Circuit Court

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- Helen Shores Lee, the first African-American woman to serve as a judge on the Jefferson County Circuit Court, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018.

Judge U.W. Clemon tells CBS 42 Helen Shores Lee died Monday morning.

Her son Arthur Shores Lee posted on Facebook Monday, "Mom has passed. She is with the Lord."

Lee was the daughter of famous civil rights attorney Arthur Shores, who was at the forefront of litigation and The Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham. She was appointed Circuit Judge of the Tenth Judicial Court of Alabama in January 2003.

Her desire to ensure equal justice for all was shaped by events she witnessed and experienced growing up in Birmingham's Dynamite Hills neighborhood during the 1960s. She and her sister Barbara Shores co-authored a book highlighting those events in, “The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill, the Untold Story of Arthur Shores and His Family’s Civil Rights."

Lee was a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., received her M.A. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, and her Juris Doctorate from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham. 

Lee's visitation and funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation - Thursday, July 5th, 2018 from 1-7 p.m. at Arrington Funeral Home

Funeral - Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Christian Church, located at 1024 Center St, Birmingham, AL 35204. 

Lee will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.

The funeral and burial is open to the public. 


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